Mirwaiz Farooq, AG Lone remembers the anniversary of his death
Srinagar: As politicians paid tribute to Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone on their death anniversary on Saturday, parts of downtown Srinagar observed shutdown on the occasion.
While most of the city’s downtown shops, including Nowhatta, Gojwara and Rajouri Kadal, were closed, public transport was still operating in these areas as well as other parts of the city.
Shops and other commercial establishments in other parts of Srinagar as well as other districts remained open.
Abdul Gani Lone, a prominent Hurriyat leader and the father of People’s Conference Chairman Sajad Lone, was assassinated in Srinagar on 21 May 2002 during a rally to mark the death anniversary of former Kashmiri Mirwaiz, Moulvi Mohammad Farooq.
Moulvi Farooq, the father of Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was assassinated on May 21, 1990.
Meanwhile, paying tribute to his father, Sajad Gani Lone said Abdul Gani Lone was killed for saying what he believed in and that those who killed him “were terrorists and will rot in hell”.
“In memory of my father Abdul Gani Lone. Every year, as May 21 approaches, I start shaking. Those painful moments/memories – of a family receiving the bullet-riddled body of their loved one. These moments of helplessness follow you all your life,” the People’s Conference president said in a series of tweets.
“Every time someone is killed in our valley, I can visualize what must be happening to them. The teary-eyed moans of loved ones, the anguish – it’s all the same. My father was killed for saying what he believed in. Those who killed him were terrorists and Inshallah will rot in hell. So will all those terrorists who kill innocent unarmed civilians,” he said and prayed for peace in Kashmir.
“For my father and for all those who have sacrificed their lives in this conflict, all I pray for is peace. That no corpse riddled with bullets be delivered to the families. Let this madness end. Let reason prevail,” said Sajad Lone.
Separately, in a press release, the Peoples’ Conference said that tributes had been paid to Abdul Gani Lone on the occasion of his 20th anniversary of martyrdom and to Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq on the occasion of his 32nd anniversary of martyrdom. martyrdom. Besides the CP leadership, hundreds of CP workers attended the meeting.
Paying tribute to its founder Abdul Gani Lone, PC said that “the sacrifices he has made will become the torchbearer for future generations of Kashmir who strive for lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.”
“We humbly salute the founder of our party, our leader Shaheed Abdul Gani Lone. He gave his life for peace in his homeland. We are proud to be supporters of the great leader who made the ultimate sacrifice for his people,” the party statement said.
He said Abdul Gani Lone will be remembered for his political shrewdness, insight and far-sighted approach towards finding a lasting solution to the contentious issue like Kashmir.
“His assassination illustrates the pain and agony of the people of Kashmir and how the infamous disbelievers are out to tarnish hopes for peace and stability in the region for their own interests. He will continue to inspire generations to come” , the statement added.
He said the party leaders were determined to continue to follow the path set by its founder and never be deterred from pursuing his agenda for peace, tranquility and stability in Jammu and Kashmir.
Calling the late Mirwaiz a pious, noble and honest soul, the party observed that the immense contributions of Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq will be remembered for times to come and that he contributed greatly in serving the cause of Islam, education and public service in Kashmir.
The statement further adds that “both Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq remind us of a golden era in politics when moderate politics and intellectualism were the defining attributes of leadership.”
Paying tribute, the leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), MY Tarigami, said the two leaders had firm faith in dialogue.
“We pay tribute to Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq sb and Abdul Gani Lone sb on their respective death anniversaries. Both leaders had firm faith in dialogue and worked to promote harmony and strengthen community ties,” the leftist leader wrote on Twitter.